one such lovely day, as I sat sketching in the park under a canopy of
dark green, waxy leaves, I noticed a tree trimming in action...
And when I spotted this magnificent flower falling to the ground with a tree branch, I scooped it right up!!
The dazzling scent of the massive, creamy white bloom, was my constant companion for the day :-)
I'm no stranger to the magnolia trees, with their flowers high up in
lining the sidewalks and filling the parks around here,
had never held one of the flowers in my hand before.
It must have been
at least nine inches across...
and every inch of it a work of art!!
Summer is winding down,
and that back-to-school feeling is starting to set in...
But there is still plenty of time to enjoy one of my favorite late-summer activities:
Catching an unhurried sunset from the Palisades Park Rose Garden!!
Not too early, not too late,
...a 7:30ish sundown means the timing is perfect for me
to hop on my beach cruiser and head to the park for an amble about the roses
(snapping photos of course!)
...with a splendid golden light filling the spaces between the petals and leaves.
I hope you too are enjoying some stolen summer moments,
Underfoot, they may be slow but determined little snails,
making a very important crossing.
...Or maybe they are glittering bits of stone,
sprinkled about in otherwise ordinary concrete.
(Thank you downtown Santa Monica!!)
...Or perhaps they're beautifully ephemeral chalk drawings,
in pretty pastels, marking the way.
But keeping your head up has it's own rewards too...
Majestic magnolia trees shade and refresh you on a hot summer day, as the sunshine passes through their leaves in golden twinkles.
...And this time of year, you'll definitely want to be on the lookout for tiger swallowtail butterflies...fluttering by on a flower garden high!!
Yet sometimes, eye level is right where it's at...
Strolling around the neighborhood, I found all three of these gorgeous blooms, posed and ready for their closeups...bobbing playfully in the breeze and stretching from their yards, right into my path.
"What's the password?" they teased.
"Click, click. Click, click." I replied :-)